INTERVIEW – Jeremy Simpkins

On my recent visit to northern England, I was able to interview the leader of the Newfrontiers North team. I was deeply impressed with what I saw and heard during the day as his team of around 100 people gathered. God is doing a great work in the North of England and many healthy growing churches have been planted. There was also an amazing sense of community and true friendship in the room. It was wonderful to see a group of leaders with very different gifts and personalities fused together … [Read more...]

Driscoll in Australia

Driscoll had a fascinating and substantial video interview with the Sydney Anglicans which I just had to draw to your attention. Intriguingly they are happy to describe him as "Apostle to the generation wired"!The fact that he can be well received by both Newfrontiers and the Sydney Anglicans says a lot about the ministry of this man. … [Read more...]

Ed Stetzer on Modern Day "apostles"

Ed Stetzer has a great post discussing the concept of apostolic work today. He has some great links many of which would on first glance describe a view very similar to that which I hold. There almost seems to be a consensus emerging that recognises the need for some kind of apostolic role today (though many would disagree with the use of the actual word). I have a lot more posts on apostles today here on my blog. … [Read more...]

TOAM08 – Sam Poe & Phil Wilthew – Pastors and Prophets Building Together

This morning I attended the last session of the Leaders’ training track, Prophetic Encounter, led by Sam Poe and Phil Wilthew. Today’s session looked at “Pastors and Prophets Together Building the Church.” I also was able to get to the two previous sessions, which I summarized at these pages:Apostles and Prophets Together on a MissionProphets and Prophets Together Giving a Fuller PictureSam serves on John Lanferman’s apostolic team in the USA. He and his wife, Marlene, have travelled widely, serv … [Read more...]

TOAM08 – Keith Hazell – Prophets and Prophets Together: A Fuller Picture

This morning I attended the second session of the training track, Prophetic Encounter. This session was entitled “Prophets and Prophets Together Giving a Fuller Picture.” The New Testament refers to prophetic bands. Prophets working together often results in releasing the prophetic gift in greater measure, to the enhancement and greater health of the local church. The session was led by Keith Hazell, a visiting speaker from outside Newfrontiers.Keith and his wife, Nova, live in Lethbridge, Alb … [Read more...]

TOAM08 – Apostles and Prophets Together on a Mission

This morning I attended the first segment of the training track, Prophetic Encounter. Today's session, "Apostles and Prophets Together on a Mission," emphasized that there is great strength in apostles and prophets working together. They are often seen as complementary gifts in the early church as they help to lay foundations and bring adjustment to erroneous practices in church life. Today's session was led by Guy Miller and Julian Adams.Guy is based in Bournemouth, UK and heads up the team … [Read more...]

VIDEO – Ed Stetzer Interview – Is Missional and Apostolic the Same Thing?

As we continue, I cheekily asked Ed if he thinks missional and apostolic are synonymous. Interestingly, the word missionary is the Latin word used in the vulgate Bible to translate apostle from the Greek. … [Read more...]

VIDEO INTERVIEW – Terry and Wendy Virgo on Itinerant Ministry and the Family

UPDATE The written transcript of this segment of my interview is now available to read here.Yesterday I began an interview with Terry and Wendy Virgo. We talked a little about what they do and how Terry came to speak at New Word Alive.Wendy begins this section of our interview talking about sharing in Terry's travels, and what it was like to be left behind with five children. Terry also explains briefly what he means by modern day apostles. Continued in part 3 . . . … [Read more...]

Four or Five-Fold Ministry in Ephesians 4?

More than once I have been accused of appropriating Lloyd-Jones to my charismatic cause. Today I want to restart my MLJ Monday tradition by sharing a quote which comes from a context where the Doctor is strongly disagreeing with one of my positions. He is talking about the so-called Ephesians 4 ministries. The Doctor divides these into two groups, believing that all but pastors and teachers are temporary. I believe that they all continue, although I think of modern-day apostles as being, in some … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll on Qualifications of a Church Leader

I had planned on an early night tonight! However, despite my best intentions, this session looks like it will keep me up late once more tonight. I may duck out half way through if I can't keep my eyes open.Driscoll began by claiming that, statistically, the only variable that makes a difference to the life or death of a new church plant is the gifting and qualifications of its leader. Driscoll will be bringing a book out on church leadership this summer.The first and most important officer in … [Read more...]


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